Workload Management: Decrease Stress and Optimize Capacity At Work

It’s 4:30 p.m. on a Friday, but the paperwork is piling up on your desk and incoming emails are creating a to-do list that will be longer than your arm by Monday. To make matters more complicated, you aren’t sure how to properly distribute this workload among your team. Who is too busy? Who isn’t?


Management Skills Every Project Manager Needs in 2020

Did you know the word MANAGEMENT is synonymous with the word DIRECTION? With each new year, every project manager should take a close look at the figurative compass of their business to ensure they are staying on the proper course. When it comes to project management, being even one degree off your path can have


How to Manage People With Different Work Styles

Work styles involve the way people interact with each other, think, and get things done. No style is better than any other style. For any team to thrive, it needs different people, ideas, and work techniques. When managers hire new team members, they have to decide if the individual’s style will work well with everyone


Why Ignoring Work Performance Will Cost You Time & Money

The department is mostly empty because everyone has gone to lunch. Your annoying co-worker is still there, though, humming loudly to the music piping through her earbuds, so you slowly cross the office floor.  This time you’ll do it, you tell yourself. Kristin is a nice enough person, but she’s been coming to work an


10 Examples of Career Goals [For Job Interviews and Performance Reviews]

“Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” Anyone who has ever been in a job interview or a performance review with their manager has likely heard at least one variation of this question. And yet, many applicants and employees continue to provide dry, unsure answers due to their limited thought regarding their career goals.


How to Be a Hands-On Manager Without Micromanaging

Theodore Roosevelt once described an ideal manager as one who has the good instincts to hire the right people and enough self-restraint to keep from interfering with them while they work. That one sentence illustrates the fine line between being an attentive manager and a micromanager. If you’ve ever had a micromanaging boss, you’ll know


Team Dynamics Matter More Than You Think… Here’s How to Improve Yours

What are team dynamics? Let me answer that question by telling you what happens when yours are poor or even toxic. I once worked in a department that had an outstanding leader, so it functioned well for the most part. But despite his best efforts, there was one woman- let’s call her Rhonda- who made


How to Format a Memo so People Will Read It

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve seen people react with shock when they’re told about an important departmental meeting or a new company policy. “Didn’t you get the memo?” I would ask. Naturally, they said no. But I know that a review of the company email logs would confirm that they did get


The Art of Giving Feedback: 10 Tips for Busy Managers

“Can I give you some feedback?” At one time, I used to absolutely hate that question. Why? Because I worked for a boss who really meant, “Do you have time for me to tell you what you did wrong?” For him, giving feedback meant criticism. When new employees would complain that he never commented on


How to Master Rockefeller Habits to Scale Your Business

Back in 2002, successful businessman Verne Harnish wrote a book he titled “Mastering the Rockefeller Habits.” The book highlighted specific practices that a business could follow to strengthen company culture and improve their bottom line. Its main premise is that these changes come through routine choices both leaders and employees make each and every day.


How to Fire Someone Without Feeling Horrible About It

If you’re a manager, sooner or later you’re going to have to fire someone. Guaranteed. While it’s never fun, some experiences are more draining than others. As a manager, I’ve fired employees for no-brainer reasons, like falsifying timesheets and routinely calling in sick when their Facebook profiles showed them at a friend’s afternoon pool party.


30 Group Brainstorming Techniques to Find Your Next Great Idea

What is brainstorming? Simply defined, it is the process of coming up with new ideas or answers to problems. More specifically the concept of brainstorming in a business setting is the exchange of views amongst peers or teammates that are designed to generate creative ideas to improve procedures, fix issues, and increase productivity. While this